BMW 2500 Car does not shift from park to drive Inspection at your home or office.

Our certified mobile mechanics come to you 7 days a week between 7 AM and 9 PM.

Estimate price near me

Service Location

Customer Ratings

(6,607)

How A Diagnostic Works

Instantly book a certified mobile mechanic to come to you

Mechanic diagnoses the problem and quotes necessary repairs

Your vehicle is ready to go

Fair, upfront & transparent pricing for all services

Our certified mobile mechanics can come to you now.

Customer Ratings

(6,607)

Car does not shift from park to drive Inspection Service

How much does a Car does not shift from park to drive Inspection cost?

On average, the cost for a BMW 2500 Car does not shift from park to drive Inspection is $95 with $0 for parts and $95 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1971 BMW 2500L6-2.5LService typeCar does not shift from park to drive InspectionEstimate$114.99Shop/Dealer Price$132.49 - $145.62
1969 BMW 2500L6-2.5LService typeCar does not shift from park to drive InspectionEstimate$94.99Shop/Dealer Price$112.52 - $125.67
1968 BMW 2500L6-2.5LService typeCar does not shift from park to drive InspectionEstimate$94.99Shop/Dealer Price$112.52 - $125.67
1970 BMW 2500L6-2.5LService typeCar does not shift from park to drive InspectionEstimate$94.99Shop/Dealer Price$112.48 - $125.60
Show example BMW 2500 Car does not shift from park to drive Inspection prices

You start the car up, put your foot the brake, push the button on the shifter and it won’t shift out of park. What do you do now? Don’t force the shifter. Forcing the shifter out of park may cause more damage. The shifter is connected to the transmission in some cars mechanically or electronically. If an electrical or mechanical component has failed between the shifter and transmission, you won’t be able to shift the car out of park. A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to diagnose the problem with your vehicle. The mechanic will then provide an inspection report detailing the scope and cost of the necessary repairs

When to have your shifter inspected or replaced:

Have this system inspected only when a part in the shifter or part of the system that operates the transmission breaks] . There is no scheduled time frame for replacing parts in the shifting system. However, all parts can wear out and have the potential to fail, and in a perfect situation, all the parts in the shifting system would last the life of the vehicle.

Symptoms that may indicate your shifter will fail include:

  • Shifter can be moved but has a lot of resistance
  • When shifting into a gear, drive or reverse, it feels difficult to find the right spot. The transmission ends up in neutral instead. You may notice that the engine will accelerate when stepping on the gas pedal but the car doesn’t move.
  • When starting the car with the key, the ignition cylinder feels loose and has play.
  • No brake lights in the vehicle, brake pedal switch could be faulty.
  • Shifter feels completely loose -- like it’s not connected to the transmission at all.

How a mechanic will inspect a car that won’t shift from park:

There are a number of reasons why a car will not move from park to drive. They can range from the shifter being locked to a broken shifter cable. Mechanics will check for these things:

  • Failed brake light switch

  • Bad shift interlock solenoid or wiring: The shift interlock solenoid is a safety feature that has been added to all modern automatic-transmission cars. It prevents the driver from shifting out of park without a foot on the brake.

  • Broken transmission shift cable: A cable connects the shifter handle to the transmission, and if that is broken, the shifter will be inoperable

  • Ignition key tumbler is worn out: The ignition switch not only starts your car, but it also locks the steering wheel when the key is taken out. In cars with automatic transmissions, a shift interlock solenoid is also part of the ignition system, and it locks the transmission so it cannot be shifted out of park (as described above).

  • Broken shifter mechanism: It is also possible that the shifter itself is broken. A mechanic will remove the center console to examine the actual shifter mechanism.

Is it safe to drive with this problem?

Since you can’t move the car without shifting from park to drive, it’s important to enlist the help of one of our mechanics as soon as possible to inspect and then repair the issue.

Fast and easy service at your home or office

Backed by 12-month, 12.000-mile guarantee


Meet some of our expert BMW mechanics

Real customer reviews from BMW owners like you.

Excellent Rating

(6,607)

Rating Summary
6,159
203
60
44
141
6,159
203
60
44
141

Matthew

11 years of experience
53 reviews
Matthew
11 years of experience
BMW 535i L6-3.0L Turbo - Car does not shift from park to drive - Los Angeles, California
Hi yes the guy was very punctual but nothing was fixed still don't know what's wrong with my car .

Jonathan

35 years of experience
484 reviews
Jonathan
35 years of experience
BMW Z4 L6-3.0L Turbo - Car does not shift from park to drive - Tampa, Florida
Jonathon is very knowledge of BMW issues and repair. He was early for our appointment and answered all of my questions.

Rodric

14 years of experience
414 reviews
Rodric
14 years of experience
BMW 330i L6-3.0L - Oil Change - Atlanta, Georgia
Prompt and professional. Changed my oil + filter w/o any issues. Thanks!

Tinashe

13 years of experience
609 reviews
Tinashe
13 years of experience
BMW X6 V8-4.4L Turbo - Oil Pressure Light is on - Smyrna, Georgia
Always deliver!!!

Excellent Rating

(6,607)

Rating Summary
6,159
203
60
44
141
6,159
203
60
44
141
Number of BMW services completed
72677+
services done by our mechanics
TOTAL NUMBER OF EXPERT BMW MECHANICS
1100+
experts on our platform

Recent articles & questions

How Long Does an Ignition Lock Assembly Last?
In In order for a car to start properly, it will need to have a functional ignition lock assembly. This assembly is where your car key will go in and helps to turn on the interior lights, as well as...
Child Seat Safety Laws in Alaska
The The law in Alaska requires everyone who is occupying a motor vehicle to wear a seat belt. Seat belt laws are founded in common sense, and in place to protect drivers and their passengers. Drivers have a special duty...
How to Transfer a Car Title in All States
Transferring a car title is necessary when a car is changing owners. Find out how to do so according to your state.

I just put fuel in my vehicle and now it won't start

Hi There, It sounds like you may have an issue with your evaporative emissions control system. Your car has a small purge valve called a purge solenoid (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/evaporation-vent-solenoid-replacement) in the Evaporative Emissions system that controls the venting of fumes from...

2005 dodge ram, clicking noise from selenoid when battery is connected, truck won't start and it's constant and drains the battery

There should only be power to the solenoid if the key is in the start position. If 12 volts are measured at the solenoid with no key in the ignition, there is a short circuit. If the solenoid is powered,...

Rattling under the hood on the left side

The noise originates with the engine or the transmission, including the mounts. The suspension, alignment, and chassis are not implicated because you are indicating that the noise occurs when the vehicle is stationary. There are many components, both on and...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com